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I have a new sewing AND a new knitting project to share today! The shirt you’ve seen already in a different fabric, it’s the Salme Kimono Top that I shared a tutorial for on Craftsy. There isn’t much else to report there except I adore these Kimono sleeve shirts and I hope you’re not too sick of them already because I plan to sew many more. This particular fabric (an Amy Butler voile) was given to me by Gina at The Little General many, many months ago. She originally sent it as a kit to make a circle scarf but I had enough to make a whole shirt instead!

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This is only my second “real” knitting project and I’m very proud of it. It’s the All Day Beret by Debbie Stoller and I worked through the pattern with the help of Debbie’s video class on Creativebug. I’m having such great success knitting with video classes! I’m learning new techniques and learning how to read patterns as I go, so if you’re a beginner knitter (like me) who’s ready to step up your game, I highly recommend trying a video class. I’ve taken the All Day Beret class, and the Rosie Beret class (both on my own dime) and I’m thrilled with how my projects turned out! (Here’s my Rosie Beret if you missed that one.)

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I used a local yarn by East Valley Alpacas. I don’t usually like knitting with really fluffy, fibrous yarns because the fluff gets in my nose and irritates my allergies but this yarn was so squishy and soft that I just couldn’t help it! If the color wasn’t enough to brighten my day, the fact that I directly supported a local business by purchasing this yarn really puts a smile on my face too.

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The original pattern calls for a super wash worsted weight type yarn, but I thought this fluffy alpaca goodness would give the lace pattern an interesting texture. It’s a sport weight but the sizing/gauge worked out just fine for my little head.

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Outfit Details:
Hat – All Day Beret pattern by Debbie Stoller
Shirt – Handmade by me (tutorial on Craftsy!)
Skirt – Antique, given to me by my gracious Aunt
Boots – Timberland Savin Hill Mid Lace
Hair Color – Manic Panic Vampire Red

photos by William Waldon

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I’m calling this The Fortnight Beret instead of the All Day Beret because it took me a lot longer than just a day to make it (though Debbie assures me an experienced knitter could easily make it in one sitting), and I’ve been wearing it day after day after day. I should have been born in an era when women were expected to wear hats, and being seen without one was practically like stepping out in the nude. That’s kinda how I feel without a hat on actually. I can’t help it. I just like hats!

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What are you working on lately? Any hat pattern recommendations for me? I’m on Ravelry!

xo
Rochelle

p.s. in case you missed it, the Sew For Victory deadline has been extended until Monday the 5th! Get those photos added to the Flickr Pool!

 

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  • Wendy

    What a gorgeous beret and such stunning photos!

  • Colleen

    I completely love everything about this outfit — the shirt fabric and the shirt itself, the lovely sunny beret, the beautiful skirt, and your great hair!

  • Kaiser Jen

    The beret is really cute, but I’m distracted by your beautiful hair! It looks so striking against that golden color of the beret and the waves are so lovely.

    I really do love berets though, they’re one of the few hats that look good on me, I should check out her patterns. :D

  • symondezyn

    I totally love the hat, and the whole outfit actually! But especially the hat… it’s such an amazing colour and I love the fuzzy texture – I want to reach through the computer and pet it!! :)

  • Louise

    Oh, what a lovely hat! That bright sunshiney yellow is just so cheerful (and especially vibrant against your hair – perfect color choice). And I’m entranced by this whole photo shoot. You look like you just wandered out into the wilderness because you absolutely couldn’t wait one more minute to get back to your book!

  • JJ

    When you announced the deadline extension, I rejoiced and proclaimed my intention to jump in. Pfttt…that didn’t happen! :o) I did some much needed house work, then went out with Hubby and the kids! I’m looking forward to seeing everybody’s entries.

    I love this photo shoot! It is just darling!!!! Your new beret and top are too wonderful!

    http://www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

  • Ola Russek

    Your hair colour is great! It looks really nice with a yellow beret, I think. I like yellow very much, actually, so I’d love to wear such a beret myself :)

  • josiemary

    The colour is fab! :)

  • sewingpies

    I know it’s been said already in these comments, but your photography is simply beautiful! You are an inspiration :)

  • JuliaBobbin (@JuliaBobbin)

    Gosh your photos are stunning! This hat is fabulous and the perfect mustard. I’m loving your hair too by the way you wonderful woman!

  • gingermakes

    How cute are you?! You’re like a little sunbeam!

  • stgilbert

    Rochelle, you are simply stunning! The beret, the kimono top, the skirt – everything is so romantic and lovely!

  • misscrayolacreepy

    Hmmmm I don’t know what a love more, the beret or the photos ;)

  • Lis

    Very nice outfit. For years ago I had a skirt almost like yours and used it over and over until it broke, So enjoy yours.
    Your top is a beuty, how come that I not have the courage to use those colours. You look so pretty in that outfit.

    Have a nice week-end

    wish you the best

    Lis

  • heather

    i just don’t know how you keep it on your head!

  • Daffny

    I love how creative you are!! xox

  • sallie

    Awesome job, Rochelle!! Love the kimono sleeve tops, and that sweet yellow beret is like a ray of sunshine! It looks perfect! And I am IN LOVE with that antique skirt. Swoony.

  • Lauren

    Well done! I love seeing the progress you’ve been making with your knitting, since we both caught the knitting bug around the same time. That beret is such a happy, happy color and looks positively smashing on you. Hooray!

  • hofficoffi

    Oooh snap! I have made this beret as well – hopefully this will link to it… http://hofficoffi.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/stitch-nations-all-day-beret.html

  • Nicole Morgan

    I really love this outfit. The top and beret look great with that skirt!

  • Jet Set Sewing

    That beret is so cute; and I do like hats, too. (Though having been through this winter in the northeast I’m over them right now…)
    I’m partial to the hats by “Marie Mercie” in Paris. She makes retro-looking molded felt hats in 20s – 60s style. Well worth googling! My husband surprised me with one of her cloches for Christmas a couple of years ago.

  • Debra

    Everything looks so very pretty, I just can’t pick a favourite. I want you to know that your knitting adventures is what inspired me to give it a try. I’m now addicted. Lol

  • sewlaurasew

    I love this outfit, you look just gorgeous! I hope everything’s working out and you’re feeling more “you” in the clothes you sew. But wow, they look great. :)

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Fabric wizard and wielder of needles with a passion for bygone eras and natural things. Making magic and messes in the backwoods of New York.

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